16 handles
For awhile, frozen yogurt shops were sprouting up on every other block. What really got me was the name of these places. Like… Daydream. Really?! Do you want to eat at a place called Daydream? It sounds like a candy shop for little girls dressed in pink.

16 Handles isn’t such a bad name. Sorta reminds me of 21 Choices in Pasadena, CA. Anyway, nowadays all these fro-yo places are all the same. You get frozen yogurt in all these wild flavors and blah blah. Customize it with your favorite toppings all for the standard price of 50 cents/oz (or something like that).  They always end up tasting the same, and they always end up costing you like $6+ per cup.

But, on a hot day, how can you resist that? At 16 Handles, it’s what you’d expect- 16 flavors everyday “on tap.” Too bad beer doesn’t come that way. Anyway, the flavors I tried were:

  • Red velvet: Holy shizz, it tasted like red velvet. Let me tell you though. I love red velvet cake. I love frozen yogurt. BUT I DON’T LOVE RED VELVET FROZEN YOGURT. I can see why others would though. For me, it was just a bit too rich. I could see it going very well with angel cake though.
  • Strawberry: Tasted like exactly like a frozen yogurt version of strawberry ice cream. Sabrina liked it and I gave it an “eh.”
  • Pomegranate: Possibly my favorite! A little tart from the frozen yogurt itself, but also a bit acidic (in a good way). It’s like, a diluted version of POM in a frozen yogurt, but without that puckering dryness after you have POM.
  • Pina Colada: Also really good. Really pineapple-y, but goes well with the fruit toppings
  • Eurotart/Original tart: They’re two different flavors but I couldn’t taste the difference. Essentially, they tasted like the Pinkberry vanilla to me.

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So why 16 Handles over Pinkberry? Because you can get more flavors. Because you get more toppings and you can pile them on yourself. But why Pinkberry over 16 Handles? Because you can easily over spend at 16 Handles without realizing it. However, I’m pretty sure that per ounce, 16 Handles wins.  So if it’s hot, and you’re in the area, do check this place out. It definitely satisfies the sweet tooth that’s craving for something chilly.

153 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-4414

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Blue haze